Sunday, September 22, 2013

Read the Manual!

Nick's message this morning, from Romans 8:14, was about discovering God's Will - a very informative and illuminating study.  He borrowed liberally from the book "Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will OR How to make a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random bible verses, casting lots, liver shivers, writing in the sky, etc" by Kevin DeYoung (I kid you not - that is the entire title).  I'm listening to the book at the moment and can recommend it, along with recommending a listen to Nick's message.  Being voiceless I was more than happy to have no socialising to do between services. Lunch was ready when we got home from church (yay for self-timers on ovens). We played a quiet game of 20 Questions over lunch, which continued into a communal and pleasant dish-washing and drying event - I do enjoy having Nick and the boys involved in the clean-up instead of disappearing into rest-mode while one is left with the work. Aaron asked if he and Caleb could play with polymer clay and although it's tempting to reply with an automatic 'no', it was actually the perfect time for it - grey outside, and Kindle privileges revoked for Aaron for the day. 
While they were mucking about I went off to find seven matching buttons to finish off a blouse, but not finding anything suitable I figured I could probably make them just as easily.  I had to reread the instructions on how to bake the clay as I forgot last time and ended up burning everything.  Pretty dumb really.  This time they turned out properly, retaining their colours.  I've also been reading the manufacturer's instructions that came with my sewing machine, discovering all sorts of things I didn't know I could do, and ways of doing things better - eg buttonholes, and re-tensioning the machine for sheer fabrics.  A spiritual lesson springs to mind - God, as our Manufacturer, has given us the Bible as our instruction manual for life.  It's pretty bizarre that it is disregarded by so many, often with not very good results!

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